Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

by Stephen King, Owen King
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Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501163401
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 378
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Owen King is the author of the novel Double Feature and We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories. He is the coauthor of Intro to Alien Invasion and the coeditor of Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife, the writer Kelly Braffet, and their daughter.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Sleeping Beauties: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I'm guessing this was 90% Owen & 10% Stephen. Very hard to read at times & I can't stress enough that I read to get away from the real world....especially politics. I don't care about your politics; write an entertaining book! I don't know if I will buy another Stephen King book. It was bad enough to pay $17 for an e-book & it got a lot worse when you could tell right away that it was not a Stephen King novel!
Anonymous 11 months ago
As a constant reader of King's I'm annoyed and insulted by this book. Page 24: I have to force myself to stop reading. I should have known by the synopsis what the agenda is here. Also, nepotism sucks.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoy reading Stephen King books, but I read to get away.from politics. Hate Trump....Love Trump...just keep your personal opinions out of yourbooks.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Underwhelming to say the least! I was expecting so much better.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A very disappointing book
TeresaKS 10 months ago
I was really put off by the price tag on this book....$16.99 for an ebook that's 650ish pages! But being a Stephen King fanatic, I paid the price. I don't know that I will be doing that again. I love, love, love Stephen King but hated this book. If you're reading the reviews before purchasing, pass on this one. Normally I can't put his books down, but this one was so boring and lacking that I had difficulty finishing it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book. What is tragic is how ignorant so many readers are; demanding entertainment without social commentary. Art, literature, film--these are not produced in a vacuum. Since the dawn of writing things happen in context. We simply have to improve our educational system, or we will continue to produce people angry that they were asked to think about serious issues, and voting for a vile reality show star as if he were a statesman worthy of our highest office.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Classic King. You cheer for the hero and the villain. Then, you get confused about who the villain really is. Everyone is good and bad.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A remarkable portrayal of 1950s rural America. Oh wait, this novel preposterously takes place in the current day where men call women "skirts" and 1990s tennis player Monica Seles anachronistically is still grunting her ground strokes. King and son's extraordinarily patronizing view of women too helpless and meek to function aside the oppressive and predatory version of the authors' contemporary Western male is not, alas, parody. In brutal contrast to King's simplifying demonization of Western culture as systemically oppressing and abusing females en masse in servitude and submission, hundreds of millions of real women, on this and not King's version of earth, suffer under the sanctioned oppression of Sharia or other actual patriarchal and disempowering male societies. After pondering for days as to how such a gifted and often wise writer could produce such nonsense, I arrived at a theory; that Mr. King wrote this while in the throes of severe PTSD after watching his Dark Tower masterpiece mangled beyond all recognition and realizing he had eliminated any possibility of his magnum opus ever being properly adapted to film. Or another theory: that he wrote purposefully his worst novel by far to distract from cinema's worst ever adaption.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Had a slow start for me but i was all in by page 50!
Anonymous 10 months ago
The only reason Stephen King's name on it to help Owen. Owen is not like his brother Joe Hill and it shows with Sleeping Beauties. It was boring and overlong.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Couldn't put it down, as usual.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read! Some moments of too much detail that skimmed through to get to the "guts" of the story ...but overall a great book!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not as violent as his other books.Good story but the women should have stayed in the new world as the men have screwed up this one.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loads of characters with believable thoughts and feelings, woven together in a way to make the supernatural believable as well. The struggle between good and evil, right and wrong, and men and women in this book will draw you in, break your heart,and wish the novel wouldn't end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I'm not a credible reviewer when it comes to Stephen King. I've devoured all his books and watched all his movies. His creative mind captivates me...I credit him for helping me to back off traditional decisions during my career and allowing more creative responses and ideas play at work. I'm always amazed how I can totally visualize his stories in my head yet when it comes to explaining the book to others, I sound like a crazy person. King's stories are not predictable - I impatiently wait for the next book, as I have for over 40 years.
Anonymous 8 months ago
King's talent for character development seems to have LEFT him in this novel
Anonymous 11 months ago
Here's another King book that takes the reader on an adventure that is fantastically scary in its realism in the human emotion.
19269684 13 days ago
The book's blurb asked: What would the world do if all women vanished? If they went to sleep, but woke up on the better side of life, would that matter to the men left behind? But what if the woman asleep is awakened from that better state- and what would happen to the man who awakened her? That's the premise of Sleeping Beauties, a novel written by the king of horror, Stephen King with one of his sons, Owen King. Now you all know me- I LOVE Stephen King! Even his biggest, most dullest tales have kept me enthralled in some way, shape or fashion. This book had me on the fence. It began with a tardiness that actually caused me to retrieve a refund for the audiobook, I don't know why, but I went back a few days later; I guess I'd been pondering the concept of a world without men. Or according to the book, a world without women. I wanted to know what had happened, so I grabbed the actual book. Do you know that thing cost $33!!? Yes, I bought it. (Sale at V-Stock: BTGO) Okay, so the story was actually pretty good. King and King work well together. The story carried the feel of Stephen, but offered a newness for me from Owen. The only other King I'd ever read was Joe Hill (pen name of Joseph King) from my previous review for NOS4A2; remember that? Well, I loved it- boy's got skills! So when I read Sleeping Beauties, I was looking for thrills and kicks! I got them, but they came in a manner that I had to push through. The story is about men and women apart. It was about discovery and independence. It was also about how to stay blitzed, in order to prevent going to sleep! Sleeping Beauties is one of the craziest rides I've ever taken. It was creative and beautiful, but it was filthy, chauvinistic and piggish. For a reasons, of course, but dang! I guess it was necessary; is prison really as bad as tv says it is? I'm talking about daily life and such... Anyway, the story focuses on many characters, protagonists and antagonists (as with most King tales), and there's a strong message hidden between the lines. I was impressed with the destination, but the journey had twists and turns that either hooked me or left me waiting. Either way, I own the book and may one day return to it. Maybe; you know I rarely reread a book, and yet I'm constantly purchasing them! Ha- Don't Judge Me! Anyway, Sleeping Beauties is worth the read. IF you can get past a ton of the quirkiness of characters, the awful lingo (not the grammar- don't get it twisted), the harsh personalities of some and then the drugs (quite necessary), you will enjoy this book! I'm off to the next read. Cheers! *https://www.areneehunt.com/the-reviews/sleeping-beauties
Anonymous 16 days ago
I couldn’t put it down and was a little sad when I finished it. It was well written and thoughtful.
Anonymous 24 days ago
As always, there is no other author I enjoy more and it is clear the King talent is an inherited trait. Thanks for another tale.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Great read!
Anonymous 29 days ago
Riveting read. Glad I had it on my phone so I could read anytime I had a few minutes. Not quite as frightening as some by Sr King. The story fell right in line with today's headlines about #metoo & #timesup. Imagine a world with no women. No one to stop the men & their violence. I've never read the younger King, but I will be looking for him after this.
Anonymous 3 months ago
With so much recent emphasis on the relational aspects between women and men over the years, it was intriguing to read this novel and see a theme fleshed out that has been plaguing us for centuries.
simva 3 months ago
Great premise, but very slow and tedious reading. I skipped 50 pages several times and did not lose the story thread. I had much more interesting ideas on fleshing out the characters; they were one dimensional. Fortunately I got the book from the library.